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Northwestern Medicine proudly opened its new Lake Forest Hospital in March of 2018. This state-of-the-art facility continues a long-standing commitment to deliver world-class medicine to the region, while using its natural surroundings to create a healing, tranquil environment for our patients, visitors and staff.
The hospital features all private inpatient rooms, advanced technology and increased privacy for patients and visitors. It is part of a redeveloped campus that provides access to primary, specialty and emergency care, as well as a seamless pathway to specialty care from throughout the Northwestern Medicine network. This includes access to leading-edge clinical trials through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, an integration that also fosters an environment of world-class patient care, academic inquiry and innovative research.
Over 700 physicians practice at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, board-certified in 68 medical specialties included regionally recognized specialties of geriatrics, orthopaedics and urology departments. For a list of the Northwestern Medical Group physicians at Lake Forest Hospital, download this PDF.
Lake Forest Hospital continues to be recognized for excellence. It is consistently included as one of the top hospitals in Illinois and Chicago by U.S. News & World Report and also has received Magnet© designation, the gold standard for nursing excellence and innovation.
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Hospital (main number): 847.234.5600
TTY for the hearing impaired: 312.926.6363 (for all hospital inquiries)
Adult Day Care: 847.535.6764
Cardiac Catheterization Lab: 847.535.8129
Cardiac Rehabilitation: 847.535.6183
Center for Advanced Radiation Medicine: 847.582.2134
Child Development: 847.535.6800
Dearhaven Child Care & Learning Center: 847.535.6175
Digestive Health: 847.535.6083
EEG Lab: 847.535.8024
Emergency Department: 847.535.6150
Endometriosis and Fibroid Care Clinic: 847.535.8300
Gift Shop: 847.535.6854
Health and Fitness Center: 847.535.7000
Home Health: 847.535.8788
Home Medical Equipment: 847.535.8799
Imaging (Radiology): 847.535.8000
Infusion Services: 847.535.8788
Integrated Pelvic Health Program: 312.694.7337
Laboratory Services: 847.535.6119
Lake Forest Managed Care Association: 847.535.6110
Maternal Fetal Medicine 847.535.7057
Maternity Services: 847.535.6182
Medical Records: 847.535.6600
Neurodiagnostics (EMG): 847.535.6552
Newborn Services: 847.535.6161
Nutrition Services: 847.535.6801
Obstetrics and Gynecology: 847.535.7057
Occupational Health: 847.535.6172
Occupational Therapy: 847.535.6520
Otolaryngology ENT: 847.535.6464
Palliative Care: 847.582.2134
Pastoral Care: 847.535.6070
Patient Billing and Customer Services: 847.535.6100
Patient Relations: 847.535.6337
Pediatric Unit: 847.535.8168
Physical Therapy: 847.535.8000
Physician Referrals: 847.535.6171
Posy Krehbiel Breast Care Center: 847.535.6198
Prenatal/Perinatal Education: 847.535.6182
Primary Care: 847.535.7157
Pulmonary Medicine: 847.535.7647
Pulmonary Rehabilitation: 847.535.6570
Respiratory Care: 847.535.6823
Sleep Center: 847.535.7658
Social Work: 847.535.6445
Speech Therapy: 847.535.8000
Sports Medicine: 847.535.8500
Surgery (Lake Forest): 847.535.6154
Surgery (Grayslake): 847.535.7300
Vein Center and Interventional Radiology: 847.535.6062
Vision Care: 847.535.6440
Wound Care: 847.535.7600
Visits from family and friends can bring patients the warmth, comfort, encouragement and support they need to heal. Northwestern Medicine encourages you to spend time with your loved ones and friends during their hospital stay.
Local services are available to accommodate your needs during your visit at Lake Forest Hospital.
The hospital Main Entrance is located at 1000 North Westmoreland Road. Both valet and self-parking options are available in Parking Lots 1 and 2.
Patients of the Cancer Center can use the hospital’s dedicated North Entrance and Parking Lot 1.
The Emergency Department and Maternity Services are located inside the hospital’s South Entrance. A circle drive can be used for patient drop-off, while close self-parking is available in Lot 3.
Patient parking for the Bays and McGaw medical office buildings is located just east of the McGaw Medical Building. Patients and visitors can also park in a new lot adjacent to the 700 building.
As always, patients and visitors to the medical office buildings are encouraged to take advantage of our complimentary valet service, located at the main hospital and the main entrances of the Bays (900) and the McGaw (800) Medical Buildings.
Valet Parking is complimentary and available during the following hours:
Visitors play an important role in helping patients recover. To maintain a healing environment and enable patients to rest, however, we ask that family and friends honor the following hours and guidelines for visits.
Each patient will be informed of his/her visitation rights. Patients may withdraw or deny consent to calls and visitors at any time. Visitors are not restricted, limited or otherwise denied visitation privileges based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, Vietnam or other veteran status or any other status protected by relevant law.
General visiting hours: 5:30 am–9:00 pm
All visitors are asked to check in at the concierge desk in the lobby to obtain an identification wristband.
Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult other than the patient.
A maximum of two visitors per patient are allowed at one time.
Please review the following exceptions to our general visitor guidelines:
To ensure a healthy, healing environment for patients at Lake Forest Hospital, please observe these visitor guidelines:
You and your family will be surrounded by the support of distinguished physicians, highly trained nurses and other care providers who are committed to your baby’s and family's well-being.
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital recommends that you complete your delivery registration before your seventh month of pregnancy. To reserve your admission, complete your delivery registration online.
Providing you and your baby with the best beginning is our utmost priority. Our board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists deliver the most current medical expertise with old-fashioned, personalized attention. They provide optimal care with respect, compassion and responsiveness to you. These physicians listen to any concerns you have and take time to answer your questions. Your obstetrician will partner with you to plan and achieve the birth experience you want.
Lake Forest Hospital features state-of-the-art resources for testing and treatment throughout pregnancy and childbirth. Our sophisticated diagnostic capabilities and advanced monitoring identify unexpected issues as early as possible. Lake Forest Hospital was one of the first hospitals in Lake County with onsite maternal fetal medicine specialists (obstetricians with advanced training for higher-risk pregnancies). These physicians provide care for maternal complications, such as pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes.
Neonatologists (physicians who specialize in the treatment of premature infants) from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago are onsite seven days a week. They are available to step in if we detect an issue during your baby’s prenatal development or for medically managing babies born prematurely in our Level II+ Special Care Nursery.
Additionally, a pediatric hospitalist from Lurie Children’s Hospital is onsite 24/7 to assist the obstetricians with high-risk births. If your newborn requires surgery, intensive care, diagnostic imaging or other special services, the pediatric hospitalist will coordinate services and assist as needed.
Childbirth is an experience unique to each woman and family, and we understand that you may have certain requests regarding the birth of your child. Discussing and creating a birth plan with your physician in advance will help us ensure that your wishes are considered. Topics to discuss include the use of safe pain management medications, natural childbirth, the option to bank your child’s cord blood and the administration of routine vaccinations.
Our nurses are passionate about their role. Their blend of competence and compassion can make a real difference in your childbirth experience and your first moments with your new baby. They’ll encourage you, hold your hand and help ease you through the childbirth process. All of our labor and delivery nurses have advanced certification in fetal heart monitoring—a vital asset during delivery—as well as advanced cardiac life support.
Our nurses are helpful well before your delivery. While you’re pregnant, they offer instruction on prenatal care and childbirth expectations to prepare you for a healthy birthing experience. Afterward, your nurse can provide personalized guidance on infant care right in your room, such as tips for holding, bathing and soothing your baby. If you choose to breastfeed, they will also provide lactation support and education.
To provide exceptional care during your stay, our nurses conduct hourly rounding. This means they will check on you regularly, but they won’t wake you unless it’s necessary to monitor your clinical condition. Your nurses will keep you informed about procedures and tests, and they will discuss your pain management and mobility needs to help ensure your comfort. And when it’s time for a shift change, the outgoing nurse and incoming nurse will conduct a bedside report in your room so that you know your needs are accurately communicated.
Taking your baby home is exciting—but sometimes a bit overwhelming. For the first six weeks of your baby’s life, you can reach a Lake Forest Hospital maternity nurse 24 hours a day, any day of the week for extra support. Call our Newborn Hotline at 847.535.6161 with any question, any time.
Our Level II+ Special Care Nursery is certified for extended capabilities to address the needs of infants who require more specialized attention in their first few days, including infants born prematurely and/or stable ventilated babies.
We encourage you to “room in” with your baby. Keeping your baby nearby promotes bonding. Cuddling your baby, especially with skin-to-skin contact, nurtures the child’s emotional comfort, brain development, breathing and heart rate. Studies have shown that babies who are with their mothers cry less, soothe more quickly and get more rest. They also take in more breast milk, gain more weight per day and are less likely to develop jaundice.
We recognize the importance of newborn bonding to parents as well as other family members. Beginning soon after the delivery of your baby, we advocate skin-to-skin contact with your newborn. All new parents and grandparents are encouraged to hold the newborn baby this way for a minimum of 30 minutes, three times a day.
Hearing problems can interfere with a baby’s development. That’s why we test every baby’s hearing before discharge. Administered by an audiology specialist, our Universal Newborn Hearing Screening is a quick, painless and accurate method of assessing your baby’s hearing. We administer the test by placing a small probe in the ear canal and recording an “echo” from the inner ear. If there’s a problem, we can address it right away to minimize its impact on development.
During your hospital stay, a caregiver will provide additional information about this important screening.
At Lake Forest Hospital, we provide the opportunity for you to create a timeless treasure of your baby’s first days with a keepsake photograph, captured in your private room surroundings, taken by professional photographers.
Commemorate your baby’s birth with a delicious celebration dinner for two ordered through Bedside Bistro, our room service program. You will enjoy treasured time together with a restaurant-quality meal of your choice, including champagne, if you’d like.
The arrival of a new baby is a blessed event, and often a stressful time, in the life of a family. The Pastoral Care department of Lake Forest Hospital provides blessings for babies and families, support for new moms and help for couples and families.
Should you need it, we also provide grief counseling and support. For your convenience, Lake Forest Hospital has a chapel that you can visit, or we are happy to call on you in the privacy of your room.
Doing what’s best for you and your baby sometimes takes guidance from others who have experience. With a full array of classes and supportive programs, Lake Forest Hospital helps families prepare for childbirth and the changes that your baby will bring.
We encourage you to take as many classes as you’d like. Choose from programs such as:
You also can take advantage of support programs after your baby arrives.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk as the healthiest option for babies’ nutrition and overall health. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital's nurses are trained to help you initiate breastfeeding with your newborn.
New mothers and their babies are invited to the New Moms Support Group to share and learn coping strategies. Topics include infant feedings, sleep patterns, changing family relationships and other areas of concern.
The New Moms Support Group is for mothers of babies two weeks to one year.
Register after the birth of your baby. This free class is for any mother of a new baby looking for support or wishing to network with other mothers. For more information or to join this group, please call 312.926.8400.
Great Beginnings at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is just a start. Your child needs quality care from infancy through adolescence. Even before giving birth, it is important to select a pediatrician or family practitioner. When you deliver your baby, we notify your newborn’s physician, as your infant’s first pediatric exam occurs during your hospital stay.
Lake Forest Hospital can help refer you to the physician who is right for your family. Additionally, through a unique partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, we provide an even broader range of neonatology and pediatric specialty services for children of all ages.
Pediatric hospitalists from Lurie Children’s Hospital are onsite 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at Lake Forest Hospital. These Lurie Children’s Hospital physicians are board-certified in pediatrics, with extended training in the management of neonatal and pediatric inpatients. They assist the child’s primary care physician by providing consultation, admission and care during the child’s entire hospitalization, and are available for Emergency Department consultations as well. Hospitalists can assess your child’s needs and determine whether more intensive, long-term care at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago is necessary.
Also onsite are board-certified neonatologists from Lurie Children’s Hospital, providing care and support to our Special Care Nursery patients with extended capabilities. Through the collaboration of these physicians, the best in high-acuity care is provided for our newborns.
Military families have the opportunity to use the services of pediatric hospitalists at Lake Forest Hospital during their stay.
Learn more about the maternity services offered at Lake Forest Hospital.
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is pleased to have the support and guidance of our Patient Family Advisory Council Members. The Council is comprised of Hospital staff, Members of the Community and current or past patients or family members.
The Patient Family Advisory Council enriches the partnership between patients, families, and hospital/nursing leadership. This council serves to promote and enhance patient-family centered care through sharing personal perspectives, participating in improvement efforts to advance the patient's first experience, requesting presentations of particular interest, and providing recommendations for the promotion of health, wellness, and patient safety in the campus revitalization project.
The Council meets the 3rd Thursday of each month September – June from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm over dinner at the Health & Fitness Center on the hospital campus.
The meeting format includes guest presentation and discussion primary focused on improving the patient experience, and achieving patient safety and quality outcomes. Topics may include but not limited to Magnet redesignation, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), patient portal and campus revitalization.
The terms of membership are:
If you are interested in potentially becoming part of this Council, or want to learn more about the Council please contact the Hospital Chief Nursing Officer, Denise Majeski, MSN, RN, ACM-NE-BC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our Patient Family Advisory Council Members.
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